2nd Houston-area child dies in hot vehicle within less than 24 hours

HOUSTON (AP) - Harris County sheriff's deputies say a 3-year-old boy struggled to escape his mother's hot truck before dying.

Cameron Thomas Boone is the second child to die in a locked, hot vehicle in the Houston area within less than 24 hours.

Investigators say the boy was able to get free of his car seat in a back seat and climb into the front before losing consciousness yesterday. Sheriff's Lt. John Denholm says it appears the child tried to start the engine or open the windows. The key was found in the truck ignition.

Denholm says the boy's mother found him unconscious when she returned to the truck after her shift at North Cypress Medical Center in the middle of the afternoon yesterday.

She broke the back windshield and called for help, but the child was dead when she brought him into the hospital emergency room.

Denholm says the woman had meant to drop the child off at day care but had forgotten he was in the truck.

Another 3-year-old boy died in a hot vehicle in Houston late Wednesday afternoon. No charges have been filed in either case.

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